Adult and Family Outings

adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures


Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, contact us:

First Friday Watershed Trail Run

First Friday of each month • 7-8am

trail through woods
Join a group of dedicated runners for the Watershed Trail Running Series, held on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November at a different trail around the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Join us on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November for the watershed trail running series, open to runners of all abilities! Explore the trails and enjoy the spectacular outdoors in the morning with a group dedicated to promoting the use of pre-scouted trails across the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Dates and Locations

  • Friday, July 3: Shaw Farm Trail, Fairhaven
  • Friday, August 7: The Bogs, Mattapoisett
  • Friday, Sept. 4 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Oct. 2 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Nov. 6 (location TBD)

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29 • 10-11am

young family walks along the beach
Explore a beach, a salt marsh, and a forest with your young family during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers.

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors through Itty Bitty Bay Explorers, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in July in Falmouth. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers is recommended for families with young children. We encourage you to attend all four programs, but it is not required. During outdoor exploration days near the water, families should dress to get wet and sandy/muddy.

Dates and Locations


Free — These program are sponsored in part by First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union.

First Citizens' Federal Credit Union

SUP Buzzards Bay: Learn to Stand Up Paddeboard

stand up paddleboarding
Explore the Bay by paddleboard during one of these free learn to paddleboard programs.

Learn a new skill and explore one of Buzzards Bay's beautiful waterways during these unique Buzzards Bay Blueways Bay Adventures. SUP – or stand up paddleboarding – is easy to learn, great exercise, and a fun way to experience Buzzards Bay. We’ll provide the boards, instructors, and everything else you need to have a great experience.

Note: Registration for both of these dates is now full.

Dates and Locations


Free – Program funded by the National Park Service as part of Buzzards Bay Blueways

Learn to Quahog

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during one of these free Bay Adventures.

Join the Coalition to learn how to harvest your own quahogs in Wareham and Mattapoisett. We'll teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. These events will be fun and educational for the whole family.

Dates and Locations



Nasketucket Bay Bird Walk

Saturday, July 18 • 7-9am

Nasketucket Bay trail
Go birding near Nasketucket Bay during this free morning walk.

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Nasketucket Bird Club for a morning walk to look and listen for grassland songbirds in Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and surrounding conservation lands. The walk will follow the new Shaw Farm Trail, which connects the bike path with the state reservation. Binoculars will be available or you can bring your own.


Shaw Farm Trail, Fairhaven/Mattapoisett (meet by the bike path on Shaw Road in Fairhaven)



New Bedford Harbor Kayak Expedition

Wednesday, July 22 • 5-7pm

woman kayaking on New Bedford Harbor
Join us for a free kayak expedition on New Bedford Harbor.

Come learn about the history and ecology of outer New Bedford Harbor on this Buzzards Bay Blueways Expedition. Open to paddlers of all experience levels. Kayaks are available.


East Rodney French Blvd. boat ramp, New Bedford


Free – Program funded by the National Park Service as part of Buzzards Bay Blueways

Penikese Island Adventure

Sunday, July 26 & Saturday, August 29 • 9am-4pm

group of people on Penikese Island
Explore beautiful, remote Penikese Island on one of these special day-long Bay Adventures.

Join the Coalition on a full-day excursion to explore Penikese Island, a remote and beautiful island at the entrance to Buzzards Bay. You'll learn how oysters are farmed nearby, get a tour of Penikese Island School, and explore the shoreline with Coalition education staff.


Meet at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center (21 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole)


  • Coalition members: $60
  • General public: $75
  • Children: $40